Leicester defender Caglar Soyuncu will be given time to prove his potential to manager Brendan Rodgers.

The 22-year-old has only played eight times this season since his £19m move from Bundesliga side Freiburg last summer.

Tommy Smith,Caglar Soyuncu

The Turkey international was given his first appearance since January on Saturday during Leicester's 4-1 win over Huddersfield, and Rodgers believes that the Foxes have a real talent in Soyuncu.

“He has been very strong but very unfortunate because you are playing one game a week and the team has stability,” Rodgers said, as quoted by The Leicester Mercury.

“He is a young lad who has come in and I know he played in some of the cup games early on but perhaps things haven’t quite gone for him as he would want, but I have found him a really good boy who wants to learn.

“He is strong and aggressive, but he hasn’t had a lot of game time. He is adapting. It is a different game in the Premier League and he is adapting to it.

He added: “It didn’t help he didn’t speak much English at first. Adaption is important so I like to give them time to find their feet and settle in, knowing even in this first year he is adapting.”

Reports suggested that City had rejected loan bids for the centre-half, but his agent has claimed that Besiktas may be interested in taking Soyuncu back to Turkey in the summer.


Leicester, meanwhile, have dramatically improved since the former Celtic boss replaced Claude Puel in February, with the Foxes winning four games in a row to lift them into seventh in the Premier League.

If Watford fail to beat​ Manchester City in the FA Cup final, seventh would be good enough for a Europa League place next season, meaning Rodgers would need all the help he can get in terms of squad depth.